New Zealand Military Tattoo

Saturday 4 Apr 2020 Add to calendar

4.30pm: Gates open | 5.30pm: Pōwhiri | 6.30pm: Event begins [show running time approximately 100 minutes].

Given the strong international reputation earned by our nation’s military bands, pipes and drums and marching teams, New Zealand was the first country outside of Scotland to host the famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. We were inspired by this remarkable performance, yet felt we had an opportunity to create something special to honour our own traditions here in Aotearoa.

Narrated by Judy Bailey and led by Show Director Major Graham Hickman and Pipe Major Murray Mansfield, the New Zealand Military Tattoo will be a landmark event – a unique local and national celebration of our military and cultural history to honour our defence heroes and express our gratitude for their service and sacrifice.

Narrator Judy Bailey talks about her defence hero.

Don’t miss out on this spectacular musical extravaganza bringing together more than 600 performers from around New Zealand who will inspire you with their musical mastery, marching, manoeuvres and more.

Rangitāne iwi will welcome the multitudes to the event that will feature the New Zealand Army Band, Royal New Zealand Air Force Band, Royal New Zealand Navy Band, and national pipe, brass and drum bands, Highland dancers and many other renowned performers. All this will be complemented by an Honour Guard, an acknowledgement of the 28th Māori Battalion and an Air Force flyover.

Murray Mansfield is one of more than 600 performers taking part in the New Zealand Military Tattoo in April 2020. Here, he shares why he's looking forward to it.